On this week’s Combat Discuss we take a look at experiences that Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder III might happen in Australia on Boxing Day, choices for who Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez ought to combat subsequent and UFC president Dana White’s rant at boxing promoters Bob Arum and Oscar de la Hoya.
Fury-Wilder III on Boxing Day in Australia?
Reviews recommend that the third Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder heavyweight combat might happen at Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium in Australia on 26 December.
“We’re versatile across the timing, but when we did it at 1:30pm on Boxing Day, it will be beamed again into the States on Christmas evening,” Australian promoter Dean Lonergan informed The Sydney Morning Herald.
For British followers, the combat can be aired round 2:30am (GMT) on Boxing Day.
The concept is not as far fetched as you assume – WBC champion Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum has labored with Lonergan earlier than, notably when Filipino Manny Pacquiao travelled to Brisbane in 2017 and was surprisingly crushed by Jeff Horn.
Fury’s profession – a outstanding story – has typically been in comparison with the Rocky Balboa movies. Ought to this combat, date and placement come to fruition, it will have putting similarities to Rocky IV, when Balboa took on Ivan Drago in Russia on Christmas Day.
In the meantime, it appears Fury is already within the Christmas spirit, the ‘Gypsy King’ was in a giving temper this previous week as he shocked this younger fan on Instagram…
Who ought to ‘Canelo’ combat subsequent?
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is arguably one of many largest attracts in world boxing.
He is held full world titles in three weight divisions (4 in case you rely additionally rely the WBA ‘common’ super-middleweight belt) and only one loss – to Floyd Mayweather in 2013 – in a 56-fight profession.
And the Mexican shouldn’t be wanting money both.
In 2018, streaming service DAZN paid $365m (£278m) for a deal to broadcast his subsequent 11 fights. In response to Forbes, Canelo took dwelling $50m (£39.5m) for his first two fights on DAZN and can earn not less than $35m (£26.6m) for future fights.
So, in abstract, a combat in opposition to Canelo is the golden ticket for any boxer.
And as boxing makes its return within the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy promotions, has stated Canelo will combat in September, most probably behind closed doorways.
However who will he face?
Effectively, in case you consider the hearsay mill, there’s a not very brief, shortlist drawn up.
Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders had all-but-signed a deal to combat him in Might and will nonetheless be within the working, though Gomez says Japan’s Ryota Murata may be an choice.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko, who misplaced to Gennady Golovkin in October, has additionally been mooted.
And in keeping with Boxing Scene, American two-time super-middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell is now firmly within the combine to combat Canelo. Though that hasn’t gone down too properly with boxing followers…
Followers would nevertheless welcome a Canelo match-up in opposition to Caleb Plant, who holds the IBF super-middleweight belt or his fellow American and WBC champion David Benavidez. However it’s unlikely both of these fights would occur subsequent.
A left-field alternative may very well be WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. The Russian is prepared to return down in weight…
Then there’s Liverpool’s WBA ‘Tremendous’ champion Callum Smith, who was additionally strongly linked with Canelo earlier within the 12 months.
Plenty of names, some extra thrilling than others. However we must always discover out for particular within the subsequent few weeks.
White goes in on De La Hoya
Within the remaining instalment of Matchroom Boxing’s Discuss the Discuss collection, promoter Eddie Hearn and former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew have been joined by UFC president Dana White.
The three of them mentioned the variations between boxing and combined martial arts, potential cross-over bouts and plans for UFC fights to be held on a ‘Combat Island’.
And White didn’t maintain again in an expletive-laden outburst direct in direction of American promoters Bob Arum and Oscar de la Hoya.
The feud with De La Hoya first began forward of the Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor bout in 2017, when De La Hoya urged followers to not purchase the occasion.
Arum and White’s backwards and forwards has been ongoing, and the 88-year-old boxing promoter lately criticised White for placing on a behind closed doorways UFC occasion on the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Talking to Hearn, White stated: “You are truly a wise man that is constructed a enterprise and may take a look at one other man’s enterprise and recognize it and say ‘take a look at what this man’s constructed’.
“These two haven’t got that capacity.”
The total episode is a really helpful watch. Even when it is simply to see Hearn and Bellew fanboying over White…
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